In his classic study of Folkways (1906), William Graham Sumner observed that people tend to like their own group (the in-group) over other competing or opposing groups (the out-group). The terms are closely linked to the concept of ethnocentricism.

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  • out-group — [out′gro͞op΄] n. all the people not belonging to a specific in group …   English World dictionary

  • out-group — out′ group n. soc a group outside one s own with which one feels no sense of identity Compare in group • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • out-group — /owt groohp /, n. Sociol. people outside one s own group, esp. as considered to be inferior or alien; a group perceived as other than one s own. Cf. in group. [1905 10; OUT + GROUP] * * * …   Universalium

  • out-group — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: out (III) + group : a social group that is distinct from one s own and so usually an object of hostility or dislike compare ingroup …   Useful english dictionary

  • out group — Synonyms and related words: Jim Crow, age group, alien, apartheid, band, battalion, bevy, body, brigade, bunch, cabal, cast, clique, cohort, color bar, company, complement, contingent, corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd, detachment, detail,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • out-group — noun Date: circa 1907 a group that is distinct from one s own and so usually an object of hostility or dislike compare in group 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • out-group — noun those who do not belong to an in group …   English new terms dictionary

  • out-group — /ˈaʊt grup/ (say owt groohp) noun Sociology everyone not belonging to an in group …   Australian English dictionary

  • Out-group homogeneity — The outgroup homogeneity effect is one s perception of out group members as more similar to one another than are in group members. I.e. they are alike; we are diverse .[1] The outgroup homogeneity effect, or relative outgroup homogeniety has been …   Wikipedia

  • Out-group illusion — The Out group illusion is the tendency to blame an undesirable language trend on a particular group of people when it is in fact the product of widespread usage. See also * Adolescent illusion * Antiquity illusion * Infrequency illusion * Recency …   Wikipedia

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